Time of day spent in front of screens passes 40 percent
“There’s nothing to watch on TV.”
How many times have you heard – or even uttered that sentence? Most of us will admit to it.
Yet, it doesn’t seem sensible because for many, there are between 50 and 100 channels of programming available at any given moment. I can understand the logic of that complaint if all we had to choose from were a game channel’s “Bikini Backgammon on a Rocky Aegean Outcropping,” or a chemistry channel’s “Intestinal Methane: Its Sources and Uses,” or perhaps a renovation channel’s “How to Renovate a Dump using Bubble Gum.” Or maybe even a classical music channel’s offering of “Lyres, Dulcimers and Zithers: Instruments Nobody Plays Anymore.” I don’t think I’d watch any of those either.
But most of the time, the offerings are much better, well – maybe a little better than that.
I’ve long subscribed to what I call the “Doctrine of the Least Worst.” It’s fairly simple – we check the TV listings or use our remote controls to zip up and down the channels for something to watch. After getting a sense of what’s available, we decide there’s little of interest for us. But then, instead of turning off the set, we choose the least offensive program from our point of view.
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